Wednesday 24 SEP 2003

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Sydney records hottest-ever Sept night as NE NSW, QLD swelter
Gusty winds bring varied problems in SA, VIC, TAS, NSW

Maximum (above) and minimum (below) temperature departures from normal today. BoM

Sydneysiders threw back the blankets overnight as the city experienced its warmest September night on record. The temperature dropped to just 22.0 degrees at 12.45am, 0.1 above the previous record set in 1946. Records at the Observatory Hill site go back to 1858.

Elsewhere, as shown in the lower map at right, minimum temperatures were 10 degrees or more above average through northern NSW, southern and western QLD and eastern NT. The greatest departures from average were in northern NSW where Collarenebri, Gunnedah and Brewarrina were all 14 or 15C above normal.

The heatwave continued today along the NSW North and Mid North Coasts and through southern QL, though top temperartures were marginally lower than yesterday.

Gusty gale force winds were blamed by stewards today for a 5-horse fall in the 7th race at Werribee VIC this afternoon. Close to the end of the race, the horse running second was blown onto the heels of the leader, bringing down five other mounts. The remaining race on the card was cancelled by the wind. At Royal Melbourne Show, wind dislodged a chairlift cable from its pulley assembley around 4pm, stranding 38 riders for 90 minutes. Late this evening, the wind also caused structural damage to a Mt Buller chairlift, causing it to derail when started on Thursday. In the early hours of this morning, wind brought down trees onto high tension powerlines near Wangaratta and near Springhurst, 25km northeast, blacking out over 2,000 homes. The highest recorded wind gusts in VIC were 121km/h on the summit of Mt Hotham, 113 at Lookout Hill east of Ararat, 108 on Mt Gellibrand south of Colac, and 106 at Wilsons Promintory and Aireys Inlet.

High winds were also recorded in NSW, SA and TAS, and are shown in Gales and Gusts. There were no thoughts of heatwaves in TAS, where snow was reported overnight at Lake St Clair and Liawenee, and during the day at Cradle Mountain Airstrip. Wind at Strahan Aerodrome reached 109km/h late in the afternoon.

Sources: AAP, ABC, News.com, Border mail, Wangaratta Chronicle

National weather extremes for today

Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Records set this day: (none known)

Quality control note: Data is final. It includes late-received rainfall data and has been subject to BoM quality control checks.
Data is as received at 13:38EST, 03/03/2004.

Weather observations for today
Noteworthy  Weather         Capital  Cities         Regional  Cities       Alpine  Stations
Bureau of Meteorology Rainfall Bulletins and Weather Notes

Hottest
Highest maximum temperature>Greatest variation above normal maximum Highest minimum temperatureGreatest variation above normal minimum

40.4 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
40.0 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
39.8 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
39.7 ELLIOTT N Plateau NT
39.1 CLONCURRY AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD

+12.9   35.5 TAREE (RADIO STATION 2RE) MidNorth Coast S NSW
+12.9   33.0 NORAH HEAD LIGHTHOUSE Hunter Valley NSW
+11.3   36.0 GRAFTON OLYMPIC POOL North Coast NSW
+11.0   35.0 KEMPSEY (WIDE STREET) MidNorth Coast N NSW
+11.0   34.1 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW) MidNorth Coast S NSW

28.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
26.6 TIMBER CREEK N Rivers NT
26.0 DUM IN MIRRIE AWS N Rivers NT
26.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT
26.0 VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS N Rivers NT

+15.4   24.1 COLLARENEBRI (ALBERT ST) Upper Darling NSW
+14.4   22.8 GUNNEDAH SCS NW Slopes S NSW
+13.8   22.7 BREWARRINA HOSPITAL Upper Darling NSW
+13.3   21.6 WALGETT AIRPORT AWS NW Plains W NSW
+13.2   24.2 THARGOMINDAH POST OFFICE Far SW QLD

Coldest
Lowest maximum temperatureGreatest variation below normal maximum Lowest minimum temperatureGreatest variation below normal minimum

1.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
1.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
1.3 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
2.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
4.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
4.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC

-4.5   18.5 MORAWA Central West WA
-4.0   17.2 DALWALLINU COMPARISON Central West WA
-3.8   19.5 MULLEWA Central West WA
-3.6   17.0 BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA
-3.6   18.2 SOUTHERN CROSS Goldfields WA

-2.4 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-2.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.8 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-1.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.5 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-5.6   3.5 EUCLA Eucla WA
-5.5   5.5 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
-5.4   2.5 EYRE Eucla WA
-5.3   9.1 BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON LIGHTHOUSE) North Coast NSW
-4.9   4.7 THREE RIVERS E Gascoyne WA

Wettest Major City Extremes
Todays highest rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am. It includes the top 5 totals nationally followed by all reported falls of 50mm or more.

55.8 PYENGANA (SEA VIEW) E Coast TAS
50.0 BRINDABELLA (KOOLAMI) Snowy Mtns NSW
48.1 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
40.2 TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
35.0 YARRANGOBILLY CAVES SW Slopes S NSW

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Goulburn/Monaro
40.2 TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE
    Snowy Mtns
50.0 BRINDABELLA (KOOLAMI)
48.1 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE
    SW Slopes S
35.0 YARRANGOBILLY CAVES

TASMANIA
    E Coast
55.8 PYENGANA (SEA VIEW)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 36.2 +4.4 21.0 +2.6 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 17.9 -2.2 12.6 +3.7 2.4
ALBANY AIRPORT 16.6 -0.7 9.0 +1.0 1.6
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 21.5 -0.7 8.5 +0.6 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.5 +1.0 24.7 +1.6 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 29.5 +2.5 12.4 +2.2 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 19.7 +0.9 11.0 +1.4 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 15.3 -0.5 7.9 +1.7 2.2
CAIRNS AERO 28.6 +0.7 19.8 +1.2 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 29.0 +1.3 20.2 +2.9 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 31.8 +4.6 15.2 +1.7 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 33.0 +7.7 11.5 +2.1 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 27.8 17.3 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 25.5 15.5 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 31.3 +9.5 18.2 +7.3 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 30.0 +9.9 19.4 +8.1 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 27.7 +7.8 22.0 +11.0 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 26.5 +5.5 19.8 +10.5 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 25.9 +5.7 19.0 +8.4 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 16.0 0.0 11.8 +8.7 21.6
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 17.6 +0.2 10.0 +4.8 1.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 22.8 +2.5 9.7 +2.3 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 18.6 +1.7 10.7 +5.1 1.2
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 19.4 +2.2 10.2 +2.3 3.4
LAVERTON RAAF 19.2 +2.4 8.5 +1.9 0.2
BALLARAT AERODROME 14.1 +0.3 5.0 +0.1 4.4
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 12.6 -1.5 6.4 +2.2 10.8
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 14.2 -0.8 8.3 +1.9 4.0

Downpours Gales & Gusts
High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less. Highest wind gusts above 89km/h (storm force) or mean wind above 62km/h (gale force). Wind direction and mean windspeed shown in brackets.
VICTORIA
    W Coast
PORTLAND (CASHMORE AIRPORT)
11.8mm in 1 hr to 16:30 11.8mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 17:00 13.4mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h
CAPE NELSON LIGHTHOUSE
10.6mm in 1 hr to 16:00 10.6mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    W Agricultural
NEPTUNE ISLAND : 89(310/ 70 ) at 12:00
NORTH SHIELDS (PORT LINCOLN AWS) : 87(300/ 65 ) at 16:30
    Kangaroo Is
CAPE WILLOUGHBY : 83(320/ 63 ) at 15:30
    Mt Lofty Ranges
MOUNT LOFTY : 93(310/ 59 ) at 11:30
HINDMARSH ISLAND AWS : 91(300/ 65 ) at 14:30
    Lower Murray
STRATHALBYN RACECOURSE : 83(310/ 70 ) at 14:12
    Lower SE
COONAWARRA : 82(310/ 67 ) at 13:37
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS : 91(290/ 63 ) at 12:01
    South Coast
MONTAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 117(270/ 83 ) at 02:00
    Goulburn/Monaro
BOMBALA AWS : 83(290/ 74 ) at 11:09
    Snowy Mtns
THREDBO AWS : 115(320/ 85 ) at 00:00
    SW Slopes S
CABRAMURRA SMHEA AWS : 108(340/ 56 ) at 00:28
VICTORIA
    Upper NE
MOUNT BULLER : 100(350/ 63 ) at 22:30
MT HOTHAM : 121(320/ 72 ) at 01:00
    W Gippsland
EAST SALE AIRPORT : 80(320/ 63 ) at 20:06
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 106(340/ 43 ) at 18:06
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 80(279/ 63 ) at 09:50
    E Central
SOUTH CHANNEL ISLAND : 100(320/ 70 ) at 23:22
DUNNS HILL : 96(340/ 58 ) at 21:30
FAWKNER BEACON : 95(310/ 70 ) at 16:29
    W Central
AVALON AIRPORT : 89(270/ 69 ) at 23:01
GEELONG AIRPORT : 87(320/ 65 ) at 22:30
POINT WILSON : 98(320/ 74 ) at 23:30
    Western Plains
LOOKOUT HILL : 113(310/ 52 ) at 22:18
    W Coast
COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) : 108(320/ 82 ) at 22:14
PORTLAND (CASHMORE AIRPORT) : 83(310/ 69 ) at 20:46
MORTLAKE RACECOURSE : 83(320/ 63 ) at 15:30
AIREYS INLET : 106(320/ 63 ) at 19:39
CAPE NELSON LIGHTHOUSE : 93(310/ 59 ) at 21:30
WARRNAMBOOL AIRPORT NDB : 91(330/ 63 ) at 15:00
TASMANIA
    N Coast
DEVONPORT AIRPORT : 95(330/ 72 ) at 18:00
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 119(280/ 74 ) at 21:00
    E Coast
EDDYSTONE POINT : 91(300/ 61 ) at 13:40
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 95(320/ 63 ) at 02:15
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 93(270/ 69 ) at 03:01
TASMAN ISLAND : 106(310/ 78 ) at 19:10
HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 106(290/ 54 ) at 23:39
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) : 95(280/ 67 ) at 04:47
    W Coast
STRAHAN AERODROME : 109(300/ 74 ) at 16:48
    King Island
KING ISLAND AIRPORT : 93(320/ 69 ) at 15:55
    Flinders Is/Bass St
FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT : 93(270/ 72 ) at 12:18
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 102(300/ 82 ) at 22:00